Title: The Raven Boys
Series: The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Please excuse this review if I’m a little vague or ramble-y, I read this book right before I fell into my blogging slump but really still want to share my thoughts on it.
Essentially the plot of the story is Blue’s family is full of psychics, that’s their thing—except her—and all her life she’s been told her kiss will cause her true love to die. But this never seemed like a problem, until four Raven Boys—the rich school kids who she always hated—suck her into their quest for a dead Welch king.
I finally understand what all the hype is about; I want myself some Raven Boys. This book was just so delightful. I don’t read a lot of books where magic exists in like a normal contemporary setting—usually it’s more fantasy-based, so this was a fun and bit different read for me.
I’m going to touch base on the writing really quick. Maggie’s writing itself is always detailed and beautiful. Her language is always strong and evocative, just as magical as the plot of the story. This book does a really interesting thing with point-of-view though. We’re in third person, and while it does usually focus on the group of around four main characters, it also switches to some of the less major characters. It’s not dictated by chapter or anything, it’ll just switch. At first it’s definitely an adjustment, but I think once you just make yourself keep going with it you almost forget. Continue reading